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Missouri animal shelter wins Zootoo prize

By jim Published: April 27, 2009

An aging Missouri animal shelter has won the second annual Zootoo Shelter Makeover contest sponsored by

The Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia won an online vote by "a wide margin," says Zootoo founder Richard Thompson, and will get up to $1 million in goods, services and/or cash.

"This will help us make an enormous difference in the quality of life of the animals we care for," says Patty Forister, executive director of CMHS, which took in 7,500 animals last year. The facility was built in 1978, "when about half as many animals were coming in," Forister says. It's too small and has ventilation and flooding problems.

Nearly 2,000 shelters entered the contest, earning points when supporters signed up for Zootoo. Zootoo staff visited the top 20 and picked 10 for the final vote.

Read the entire USA Today story here

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